Originally posted by mrp
Here is the reply I got from the DNR.
Thank you for your comments. I can assure you that the Department is not
harassing any group of boaters. We are however responsible for enforcing
the state boating laws and take that responsibility seriously and will
continue to enforce the laws adopted by the state legislature.
The motorboat noise regulations are not new and have been enforced in the
state for a number of years. Wisconsin's law are also similar to the
national standards adopted by most of the other states in the country.
We have experienced a large increase in the number of citizen complaints
concerning loud boats the last few years and some of the increased
enforcement you mention is a direct result of citizen groups purchasing the
expensive sound testing equipment and donating it to the Department to use.
If you contact your boat dealer I'm sure that he can recommend a muffler
that can be installed on your boat to bring it into compliance with the
state laws. The engine manufactures have assured us that mufflers are
available for all engines that will quiet them to the state and national
standards without causing damage to their engines or affecting their
Boating Law Administrator
Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources
101 S. Webster St.
Madison, WI 53707
MRP-Can you e-mail him back and ask for a list of groups that have donated the testing equipment? Be sure to get their contact info!